De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) | De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur)

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De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ccrida on 07-25-2007

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Photo of ElGordo
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the corked 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. A careful pour resulted in a smallish head. Still, a good finger's worth of thick, creamy white head that slowly recedes to a thin coating that remains for a good long while. Body is a deep orange-amber with a slight cloudiness.
Bready aroma of assertive yeast, brett, and pale malt, along with a sweet, fruity note of white grapes. Palate is sweet up front, with bready malt and a good dose of fruity hops. A good hoppy bitterness emerges mid-palate, yielding again to the sweetness of the malt on the swallow. Finish is rather sweet, with a nice, warming boozy quality.
The body is nice and full, with a nice amount of carbonation holding through to the last sip. A great cross-continental collaboration beer; I look forward to trying the fruits of more efforts like this one.

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Photo of arizcards
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 750ml bottle from AJ's back in mid-November for $9.99.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice long lasting white head. Nose is quite nice including floral hops, banana, and sour apples. Taste is an interesting combination of sour apples, melon, with a light resin hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a nice smooth finish. Drinkability is good. A lot going on and it meshes together very well. This is one of the funner beers I have tried this year- funk meets hops - a good experiment!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cavie for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a light hazy brown color. The aroma is light funk with some yeast and caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same with funk, apples, other fruits and a light alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is medium, as is the carbonation level.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a malty dark copper, very hazy. Small, quickly receding off white head.

S - Some phenols, very earthy, with not too much else going on. Expecting a lot more tart or sour with Tomme's name on the front and brett all over the back...

T - Again, not too much going on here. Pretty standard light malt profile, I'd like to say there's more here but there just isn't. Maybe a hint of hops?

M - Average.

D - Would not seek out again.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared at approx 55 degrees

God damn, I'm getting tired of having to re-write my reviews. Sit down and write one out, then submit it, only to get taken to the mother fucking 'white screen of death'. Refresh your screen and holy crap, what do you know? All of the info that you just spent the last 45 minutes typing out is fucking gone.

Please upgrade this server, guys. There are so many new people coming on here, all of the time now, that it's really getting to be an issue. Don't get me wrong, I love this site and think it's damn near the best site on the internet. Seriously.

This is my fourth time trying to upload this specific review. Let's hope it works.

Summary of my review:

I was very impressed with this beer. It's quite possibly my favorite BSPA that I've had.
Loads of spiced banana-nut bread qualities throughout the nose and the taste. Nice earthy hop presence to keep it balanced, as it's definitely built on a strong malt base. Light hop bitterness in the finish keeps it from being too sweet.
The body is very smooth and has a touch of creaminess, from the bubbles in the natural carbonation.
Very well hidden abv, along with the great flavors and smooth body make this an easy drinker. The bold rich flavor of it will keep you from downing one every day.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have heard ‘knowledgeable’ people about town talking this one up. I finally cracked it, and it was less than stellar; it deserves no hype whatsoever.

A – Hazy orange-amber hue, close to iced tea, with a large white head full of micro-bubbles, and the lacing, wow, it looks like the snow fell.

S – Grapefruit-y hop, some malt, some sour brett; these aromas meld fairly well, but they do not achieve any astounding dynamic.

T – Underwhelmed, at first. I then begin to appreciate a vinous, creamy flavor; saucy and quite l. My closest reference is the unusual Saison d’Erpe-Mere.

M – It is relatively syrupy, given the flavor profile; I am underwhelmed, again.

D – De Proef is sometimes a bit sheisty, in my experience; I have had a number of underwhelming and/or half-assed offerings from this Brouwerij. This is an underachieving brew as well. The beer is pretty good, but it is certainly not what I would expect from a unison of two of the foremost brewers in the game.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, batch 2, poured into a tulip.

Careful pour leaves sediment in the bottom of the bottle and the beer is a translucent, yet clear honey amber color with a persistent slightly off white head and layers of sticky lacing. Aroma is deep and complex and as it warms up reveals different notes. Initially ripe fruit and sweetness, predominantly apple and tangy citrus. Some light spice, but the finish is more earthy and musky, strong yeast and brett funk. Body is medium-thick, with fine carbonation. The taste begins with apple and honey sweetness, and Belgian yeast. In the finish a fairly strong hop presence takes over and the brett asserts itself as the sweet is balanced by an earthier dry flavors. Very nicely balanced and rich blend of complex flavors, this is a very enjoyable beer but is a little boozy in the finish. Not sure I'll buy more at this price, but definitely worth the try.

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Photo of mutterfudder
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing Live after pouring into a Allagash Tulip.

Copper hazy pour with little to no head. No lacing. Smell is musty, fruity with an almost pineapple nose. Interesting! Peppery and leathery flavor. Hops are more notable than expected. Funk is heavy.

Interesting beer, very drinkable and interesting. Glad to have had it.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looked through the cellar and decided to open this one up for new years. Light amber color with a small off white head. No lace to speak of. Smell of yeast and some spiceyness and some of the bret musty funk showing through. Spiceyness is more pronounced in the taste. Some hoppyness sparks up after the spice and the finish is surprisingly clean. Overall an OK brew but maybe not quite as kick ass as i was hoping for new years. Oh well, back to the cellar.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy golden amber/orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/foamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing and a nice big island in the center of the glass. The nose is malty, yeast, some citrus, nice spice note. The taste is sweet, malty, yeasty, nice little citrus note, and some spices. Medium body, this one is not hot as other BSPA I've had before, very nice. Very Drinkable, a tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Boto
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle: Poured into my Allagash flute: This one pours a very dark golden color, with an orange hue. There was a bit of an off-white head o nit, but it didn't linger long, and left a minimal amount of lacing. The first this that hits the nose is some spiciness: I get a whiff of cinnamon. There is also some breadiness and yeastiness, as well as some citrus and apple in there. An interesting flavor profile. It has some up-front bitterness. Spicy with citrus notes. Medium bodied, but lacks the normal Belgian sweetness. Very interesting and very good!

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber that shines a very bright orange when held up to the light underneath a big fluffy white head that settles to a thin soapy ring. Lots of sediment in the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is light and fruity with apples being the first thing I notice with some spicy belgian yeast and a little sugar. There is a musty character to the aroma overall with the brett barely showing.

The taste is more of the same with the apples still dominating up front but the spicy yeast is much more prevalent than in the aroma. I do get some hops in the taste as well, mainly of a lemongrass character.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation and dry and musty in the finish.

This is a subtle but complex Belgian pale with a good hop profile considering the age and very drinkable overall.

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Photo of bonk0076
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber reddish colour with a mild white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is juniper, citrus, wild berry, and molasses. Taste is the same, but with a stronger citrus taste - espescially in terms of the begiining. Overall, an excellent beer.

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Photo of dbexpert
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 capped bottle.

A. Pours a burnt orange color with a solid three inch head that disapates relativly quickly, leaving behind good lacing.
S. Nose is dominated by yeast/bread notes with a slight tinge of corriander cutting through the "loaf".
T. Alcohol is subdued given it's 8.5 abv. A balance of malty yeast is cut by the citrus from the hops. Definetly seems to fit it's categort of a belgian strong pale ale.
M. This beer is rich and well rounded. carbonation is refined giving good deliverance of the flavor profile without getting in the way.
D. Another beer effected by price and availibility but definetly something I could find myself gourging over if I found it on draft.
This is a very satisfying rich brew. A very approachable belgian beer. I'm looking forward to trying more beers from De Proef and Tomme. Rock on!

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Photo of prototypic
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Signature pours a golden color. It's slightly hazy and has somewhat strong orange highlights. A soft looking vanilla cap sits on top. A forceful pour yielded two fingers of head. Retention was vey good. Waves of sticky lace clung to the glass.

The nose is intriguing. It's a little fruity up front. There's a little apple and some light citric notes. I suspect that's from some variety of hops. It's somewhat faint and I suspect what hops may have been here have faded to a large degree. It is a little musky and funky (from the Brett), but it's not an overly strong funky smell. Sweet honey emerges late, but adds quite a bit of character. Alcohol is masked almost completely. This is a deep, great smelling beer.

The flavor profile is easily as good as the nose. It is fruity up front. Apple is easily noted. Frankly I'm shocked at how well the hops have held up. Citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and orange are noted. It's still a little bitter. I'm sure it's lost some of its edge, but to pick up any is surprising. The use of Brett here is masterful. It imparts a musky, funky flavor, but it's not over the top and complements the sweet and (slightly) bitter flavors extremely well. Honey adds a little more sweetness, as well as depth. Suffice it to say the flavor's very complex. A spicy combo hits on the tail. I'm getting pepper, but am not sure what else there might be. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Overall, it's blended well for an 8.5% beer. It finishes sweet, slightly bitter and musky. Wow.

Signature has a lighter body than I'd like. It's light, leaning medium. It is smooth. Light carbonation helps refine it to a degree. But, I'd like more body. Drinkability is extremely high. This is one fine tasting, complex BSPA that goes down like a dream. I regret only picking up one 750.

Personally, I think Tomme Arthur's responsible for a lot of great beer. I had high expectations for this collaboration with De Proefbrouwerij. Honestly, it's exceeded the high expectations I had. Its uniqueness makes it special. I don't believe I've encountered a BSPA with such a citrusy, hoppy presence. I bet this stuff was flat out incredible fresh out of the gate. I also like the somewhat mild effect of Brett here. It works extremely well with its other elements. All in all, this Signature release is fantastic. I would've preferred a bit more body, but that's about all I can criticize. Find a bottle or two if you can. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JayQue
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Made the mistake of starting off on this one ice cold. Killed a bit of the flavor until it warmed up. 750 ml bottle, corked and caged, poured into my Chimay goblet.

Appearance was fine, Medium size white head, not bad retention for 8.5% abv, a little lacing. Smell had fruit (apples and pears), some pepper type spiciness and malt.

First ice cold taste was harsh and dry, pepper and alcohol were featured along with the maltiness. As the beer warmed up, I didn't notice the alcohol, dryness and the fruit flavor came out more as the pepper receded to a less prominent taste. Malty but not overly sweet, a little pepper spiciness and fruit were more apparent. Still didn't think this was a great beer, but it was much more inviting than the first sip.

Mouthfeel was rich and drinkability was a little better than average. I wouldn't go looking for this one again but overall a fairly solid beer.

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Photo of kingsdirt
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has sat in the cellar for a year or two. 750, c&c, poured into a triple karmeliet goblet.

A: Hazey pale color, solid head

S: A little bit of funk with some hop arrmoa and sweet honey.

T: Hops battling brett. Some spice and sweetness. The brett character is not very strong.

M: Lite reserved belgian pale, solid carbonation and very mild overall profile.

D; Overall a good beer that does not have to many bells and whistles. Really feels more like two different beers battling for supremecy.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light amber in coilor with some orangish-brown hues. Foamy cap, about one finger thick, quickly forms on top. Retention is excellent and thick rings of foam are left on the glass.

S - Dark fruits and spice dominate the nose with an underlying grapefruit aroma. Some plum and clove both come to mind. Belgian yeast is noticeable as well. Mild mustiness lingers deep within the aroma.

T - Surprisingly malty up front with a nice spiced sweetness. Biscuity sweet mixed with baking spices. A light fruity tartness comes in mid drink to balance the sweet. In the finish, a crisp citrusy bitterness comes through just a bit before being masked by the maltiness yet again.

M/D - Medium to full bodied and very lively on the tongue. Excellent carbonation. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of weazal
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: weak golden look that's semi-transparent

Smell: Potent honey brandy with a little searing alcohol.

Taste: The potency continues in the flavor. In your face sourness with a mild tang. Balanced by initial thick, tacky sweetness that gives way to a back of the palate hoppiness

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mild haze to this copper, honey gold hued beer. Not a great head, and no foam or lacing after a minute or two. Not much bubbling at all. The aroma has biscuits and crackers with some grassy and lemony hops. Sweet and biiter, inviting aroma. The taste starts with crackers and brett yeast infusion. The middle gets somewhat fruity with the malt and yeast combo. But the hops give a bitter apple skin note starting in the middle through to the finish. Pretty complex flavor profile. And pretty bright palate. Bitter in a flash, but sugary sweet in just as much time. Brett yeast and bitter American hops mixed in a Belgian ale style of beer.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clody amber color with a decent head that sticks fairly well and scatters some lace

Smell: Complex combination of candi sugar, herbacious funk, apples/pears, hay and hops

Taste: Opens with a caramel sweetness that is quickly transformed into a fruity, tart and bitter melange, with the sweetness dominant; after the swallow the fruit and earthy tones are more discernable, but the finish maintains the candi sugar sweet aspect

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate to high carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: I was surprised to read of the Brett in this beer as it didn't have the expected tart/sour character; just goes to show the complexity that a little bit can bring to a range of other flavors that are present in this beer

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Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two and a half fingers of off-white foam on a slightly hazy, golden brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - Lots of fruity, funky yeast with earthy cherry notes and mild acidity. Significant notes of malty caramel in the background along with a floral hop aroma hiding behind the funk.

T - Thick caramel malt with toffee and bready notes, blended with restrained funk, some notes of sour cherry and pineapple. Powerful pine hop flavor breaks through in the middle and combines with the fruity funk in the finish to produce some dark, barleywine like flavors of tobacco, toffee and char.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Surprisingly drinkable. The fairly mild funk blends well with the fruity/pine hop flavor and the two become more than the sum of their parts. There is a lot of complexity in the finish and this beer has the rare virtue of becoming sour without throwing away the complexity of malt and hops in the process. Certainly one of the best non-traditional sours I have come across.

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Photo of degerbah
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge head that sticks to the side of the glass like glue. The smell is like a spice rack. Mostly coriander I think but there sure is a lot of it. The taste is fantastic. Some hops and aa little funky taste that is very pleasant. This is the first beer I've had from either brewery...fantastic.

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Photo of bruachan
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

never gone wrong with port. never gone with de proef at all

look at that magnificent head! it just won't go away the brew is a slightly hazy but very attractive reddish copper. tons of bubblies make their break for the great (foamy) white north. lacing is good but not quite what i had expected from early evidence

the aroma is grand, melding funky yeast with hop citrus. coriander

the flavor is a marvelous confluence of bretty funk, spice and hop--with a considerable malt skeleton to operate around. the lingering tandem of wild yeast and bitterness is very nice and even belies the sweetness that it succeeds

what a nice production

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Photo of mikey711
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle today. Poured into oversized wine glasses. Man I need to get some goblets.

It's a murky copper with a thin layer of lace that lingers on top of the beer. It has a nice funky smell to it, but a lot of caramel notes are present as well. It is sweet upfront and finishes dry and tart. A very nice balance between sweet and sour. I was very pleased with the amount of body in this beer as it was not as acidic as other brett beers. Also there is a bit of heat still on this beer. Very nice to drink and share with others.

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De Proef Reserve Signature Ale (w/ Tomme Arthur) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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